BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — An educator from Winona has been named the 2011 Teacher of the Year.

She’s Katy Smith, an Early Childhood Family Education teacher at Goodview School in the Winona district.

In that job, she teaches the parents of young children how they can best prepare their children for pre-school and kindergarten.

Bruce Ramsdell, president of the Winona Education Association, nominated Smith for the award. He says she’s a good example of what’s possible when children start on the right path toward learning.

Smith has taught in the Winona school district since 1993. She’s the first family educator to win the award in its 47-year history.

The award is sponsored by Education Minnesota, the state teacher’s union.

Last year’s winner was Ryan Vernosh of St. Paul.

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Comments (8)
  1. tom says:

    just a liberal union thug

    1. PSS says:

      tom your comment shows what a total idiot you are ! maybe you should go back to school and learn something other than rightwinged bias rebublicanism. Katy Smith has given her life to trying to teach ALL children . Thank You Katy!!

  2. Nick says:

    I support all of the teachers out there no matter who they teach and where they come from. I just don’t support the union they work for.

  3. School Marm says:

    tom is being sarcastic(I hope). If not, then he’s the type who enjoys killing small, furry animals.
    I , on the other hand, am a typical union thug – 64 year old female, 5′ 2′, 135 pounds – still teaching just so I can break some kneecaps on the picket line.

  4. Susie says:

    Awesome Job Katy ! Thank you for all do do for our children !

  5. MAJ says:

    This teacher is teaching parents. How about an award to a teacher who teaches elementary kids who are bringing way to much baggage with them to school. Poverty, drugs, broken homes etc.

    1. ecfemom says:

      This is the FIRST TIME in the 47 year history of the award that an early childhood/family educator has won. Perhaps MAJ should familiarize him/herself with past Teacher of the the Year award winners (all K-12 teachers). Katy Smith deserves this award as much as any other educator.

  6. Pam says:

    All the research points to the fact that Early Childhood is some of the most important education and gets kids started in the right direction. It’s about time we recognize the people who make that happen and support parents enough to make it happen. Parents are kids best and most important teachers! Thank you Katy for giving us the material to be better at it!